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Review: 'GOLD, ETHAN'
'Expanses (Teenage Synthstrumentals)'   

-  Label: 'Self Released'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '27th July 2018'

Our Rating:
This weird but not all that wonderful album finds the Los Angeles based performer/composer/producer "plumbing the depths of his musical awakenings" as part of his recovery from a serious head injury sustained after falling in a warehouse.

It amounts to little more than teenage noodlings made while still at high school. These were done on an analogue synthesizer and recorded roughly in his basement studio. The tracks were mixed from a 4-track cassette straight to a stereo cassette. Hi-fi is nowhere.

The thirteen instrumental pieces range from a 33 second intro to the 7:40 minutes of Crossing The Bar".

I would be tempted to give this no more than a two star rating were it not for the excellence of his debut album 'Songs From A Toxic Apartment' and his sublime reworking of some of his favourite tunes on 'Live Undead Bedroom Closet Covers'.

After enjoying those releases, I'm prepared to allow Gold the luxury of this vanity project but it has to be conceded that these self indulgent pieces have little value in and of themselves.
  author: Martin Raybould

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GOLD, ETHAN - Expanses (Teenage Synthstrumentals)